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June 21, 2007

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Jun 21,2007
Credit Report, Credit Score - What's the difference? Bankrate, Inc. this week released the findings of a national poll which found that 45% of consumers do not know their credit score. Furthermore, 32% of Americans have never checked their credit report, a report which is now offered free to consumers on a yearly basis. The poll is included in this month's segment of Bankrate's Financial Literacy Series: Credit Scoring Demystified. To view Bankrate's Financial Literacy ... [full story]
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Jun 21,2007
This Saturday, June 23, marks the opening of the fireworks sales season. Bend Fire and Rescue responds to fires each year caused by both illegal and legal fireworks. This is concerning, in that, the bulk of these incidents take place in a two to three week period. Oregon law forbids possession, use or sale of fireworks that fly, explode or travel more than six feet on the ground or 12 inches in the air.  To ... [full story]
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Jun 21,2007
CARACAS, Venezuela - A banned Venezuelan TV channel is looking to Mexican media outlets for help getting back on the air using satellites, Internet and cable. The head of RCTV, Marcel Granier, said Wednesday he was speaking with networks in Mexico about airing some of RCTV's programming, Globovision reported. Leftist President Hugo Chavez last month declined to renew the broadcast license of RCTV, claiming the private network was trying to incite unrest in the country ... [full story]
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Jun 21,2007
PYONGYANG, North Korea - The chief U.S. negotiator on the North Korean nuclear issue arrived in Pyongyang Thursday. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill is the highest-ranking State Department official to visit the North Korea since late 2002, Yonhap reported. His visit came as North Korea prepared to shut down its nuclear program under an international agreement reached in February. The shutdown had been delayed by problems getting $25 million in North Korean funds ... [full story]
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Jun 21,2007
CAIRO - Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will convene a Middle East summit next week in Cairo. Mubarak has invited Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and King Abdullah II of Jordan to the summit, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul-Gheit said, the Kuwait News Agency, KUNA reported. Abul-Gheit said the summit's goals would include easing pressures on the Palestinian people and creating a better climate for reopening peace talks. "It is not necessary ... [full story]
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Jun 21,2007
TEL AVIV, Israel - Israeli conservative opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Egypt and Jordan can play key roles in weakening Hamas. Netanyahu, leader of the Likud party, told CNN that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah faction would need the help of moderate Arab countries in resolving the conflict in the Middle East, Ynetnews reported. "I think, ultimately, to resolve the Palestinian problem we'll have to have a regional component. We'll have to ... [full story]
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Jun 21,2007
ABUJA, Nigeria - The Nigerian government has warned strike leaders not to force individuals or groups to join their nationwide labor stoppage. Officials for the National Labor Congress -- a leading workers group in Nigeria -- estimated that 75 percent of the Nigerian labor force had already joined the strike, Nigeria's Vanguard newspaper reported Thursday. A general strike over rising fuel costs gripped Nigeria this week after talks between union and government officials broke down. ... [full story]
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Jun 21,2007
MANAGUA, Nicaragua - The popularity of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has dropped considerably in the last few months, according to a recent poll. The Cid-Gallup poll reported that Ortega's support base fell from 61 percent in February to 26 percent in June, The Miami Herald reported Thursday. Ortega -- who was Nicaragua's president during the 1980s -- won reelection in November over a U.S.-backed candidate. The once radical leftist Nicaraguan president has toned down some ... [full story]
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Jun 21,2007
JERUSALEM - Israeli forces have begun moving 100 Palestinians, including 30 women and 32 terror suspects, from the Gaza Strip into Egypt. The Jerusalem Post said Thursday that after the Palestinians were picked up at the Erez Crossing, they were transported on buses and sent across the border into Egypt. The Palestinians had been seeking transport from the Gaza Strip since Hamas took control of the region last week. The Israeli government sanctioned the evacuation ... [full story]
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Jun 21,2007
NEW ORLEANS - A former New Orleans school official pleaded guilty to accepting $140,000 in bribes from a political operative thought to be the brother of a U.S. congressman. Ellenese Brooks-Simms, the former president of the Orleans Parish School Board, admitted in court to accepting bribes from a political operative who was not named in court papers. However, a source close to the investigation alleged the bribe giver as Mose Jefferson, the older brother of ... [full story]
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